Diagnostic Laparoscopy

Fibroids, endometriosis, and other gynecological problems can be diagnosed using a procedure called diagnostic laparoscopy. The procedure involves using a specialized camera to allow the doctor to see inside the patient's body. In some cases, the problems can be treated during this procedure. Because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure than traditional open abdominal surgery, it offers advantages such as quicker recovery times.

What Is Diagnostic Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a tool used for diagnosing and treating several different conditions by actually looking inside the body with a specialized camera. There are a number of different types of laparoscopic procedures, such as:
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).
This article will discuss diagnostic laparoscopy, which is a procedure used to look inside a woman's abdomen.
A diagnostic laparoscopy offers patients many advantages over traditional surgery. With laparoscopy, patients usually have shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times, because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure.

Possible Findings During a Diagnostic Laparoscopy

There are several conditions involving the female reproductive tract that can cause pain, discomfort, and/or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Laparoscopy can be a very effective means for evaluating these conditions. Furthermore, depending on what is found, it may also be possible to treat the condition using a laparoscope.
It is impossible to list all of the possible conditions that could require exploration and possible treatment with a laparoscopy. However, common gynecological problems evaluated with a laparoscope include:
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic or ovarian masses, such as ovarian cysts 
  • Fibroids
  • Infertility and sterilization.
Your healthcare provider will be able to describe to you the suspected reason for your symptoms and any abnormal findings associated with them.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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